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The Minit Records Story

The Minit Records Story

May 10, 2011

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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: May 6, 2011
  • Release Date: May 6, 2011
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Capitol Records
  • Copyright: (C) 2011 Capitol Records, LLC
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  • Total Length: 2:24:50
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  • ASIN: B004WSNN14
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #387,408 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By hyperbolium on September 12, 2011
Format: MP3 Music
Originally released by Capitol in 1994 as a limited edition 2-CD set, this 52-track collection is now rescued from the high-prices of the secondary market with an affordable MP3 reissue. Minit Records was established in the early `60s in New Orleans by Joe Banashak, and distributed by Imperial. Minit was acquired by Imperial in 1963, but many of the label's key sides and all of its biggest chart hits, starting with Jessie Hill's "Ooh Poo Pah Doo, Part 2" and peaking with Ernie K-Doe's chart-topping "Mother-in-Law," came before the acquisition, and more importantly, before the departure of the label's key asset: Allen Toussaint.

Toussaint had made a name for himself in New Orleans music circles as a teenager, and in a fortuitous reassignment of duties at Minit he started scouting new acts and then writing, producing and playing on their records. He infused each production with an irresistible dollop of New Orleans soul that made his records stand out from those produced on the coasts or in hot-spots like Chicago or Memphis. Toussaint is responsible for some of the labels greatest sides, including Benny Spellman's "Lipstick Traces (On a Cigarette)," and its oft-covered flip, "Fortune Teller," Aaron Neville's "Over You," Irma Thomas' "Ruler of My Heart" and Ernie K-Doe's "Mother-in-Law."

Following Toussaint's departure, the label continued to produce interesting records throughout the 1960s, as showcased on the second disc of this set. The label turned from the New Orleans style of its early singles to soul sounds influenced by Stax (especially its post-Atlantic work), Muscle Shoals and Motown.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jukebox Dave on April 15, 2013
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THE MINIT RECORDS STORY-VARIOUS ARTISTS: The first platter of THE MINIT RECORDS STORY is a nitty gritty dip into the unparalleled era of early sixties New Orleans RNB, spotlighting hits, misses and obscurities from that region's most important indie record label. One of the major architects of that region's swampy sound, legendary tunesmith/session musician ALLEN TOUSSAINT (aka NAOMI NEVILLE), produced and arranged virtually every track and half of them bear his funky songwriting imprint as well. ERNIE K-DOE's chart topper MOTHER IN LAW, BENNY SPELLMAN's double sided single LIPSTICK TRACES/FORTUNE TELLER, and AARON NEVILLE's OVER YOU are groundbreaking slabs of southern soul awash in rolling piano licks, second line rhythms and sassy, squonking sax punctuation. Disc number two represents a revamped, bayou-free MINIT that nonetheless showcases searing soul sides by bluesman JUNIOR PARKER, IKE & TINA TURNER and an early five man version of THE O'JAYS. Detailed liner notes, vintage artist photos and pristine sound make this hard to find smorgasboard of blues, gospel and butt shakin' boogie well worth the search for collectors in search of a satisfying roots-rock fix.

RATING: FIVE MINITS
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